Liam Neeson continues to kick tail in “Unknown” trailer

By Sean O’Connell Move over, Mel Gibson and hang it up, Harrison Ford. Liam Neeson appears to be the go-to actor for adult-oriented action, thanks to turns in “Taken” and last summer’ remake of “The A-Team.”

Neeson’s next slam-bang thriller, “Unknown,” finds the towering Irish actor playing an amnesic who awakes after multiple days in a coma to find his identity stolen and his life in danger. The first official trailer, posted to Yahoo Movies, shows plenty of action, fights and car chases, but also suggests an elaborate con game and some head-scratching psychological games that could elevate this material.

“Unknown” is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish filmmaker who helmed the horror films “Orphan” and “House of Wax.” It co-stars January Jones, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella and Aidan Quinn, and arrives in theaters on Feb. 18, 2011.

But are these the films you want to see Neeson in? Do you miss his serious efforts … films like “Schindler’s List,” “Michael Collins” or “Kinsey?” Action seems to be Neeson’s game these days, like it or not. He’ll next appear in “The Next Three Days,” a thriller with Russell Crowe, which will be in theaters next month.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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